BSN Direct Admit for Freshmen

At the Wayne State University College of Nursing, students come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and we welcome the benefits that a diverse student body brings not only to the college but ultimately to the nursing profession. That's why we use a holistic admission process that looks at each individual applicant as just that — an individual. This competitive and thorough process considers not only a critical evaluation of grade point averages and test scores, but also includes community service and an essay submitted by the applicant describing the personal attributes and experiences that they feel would support their admission. This entire package is what the Undergraduate Admission Committee uses to determine which students will best fit the program.

Before applying, it is strongly suggested that you attend an information meeting. These meetings, which are offered each month, cover admission requirements and program curriculum in detail, as well as give you the opportunity to ask questions. Visit our information meeting page for upcoming session dates.

Step 1: Apply to Wayne State University

Applying to the BSN Direct Admit for Freshmen pathway is part of the candidate's application to Wayne State University. Students must first apply as a nursing (pre-nursing) major. Once they have access to their application status portal, they must select "Yes" on the Nursing Program Interest Form. Applicants are eligible to apply to the BSN Direct Admit for Freshmen pathway if they are entering directly out of high school. The deadline to apply to the BSN Direct Admit for Freshmen pathway and submit all required documents is November 15.   

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission consideration:

  • Minimum 3.0 high school GPA
  • Minimum SAT composite of 1110 or ACT of 22.  

Step 2: Submit supplemental materials 

After successfully applying to Wayne State, applicants must also complete the College of Nursing Secondary Application, and submit supplemental application materials. Failure to submit all supplemental materials will result in application not being reviewed. The supplemental materials listed below must be uploaded to the candidate's application status portal. Supplemental materials include: 

  • A 300-500-word essay in response to the following: Describe how your personal strengths, experiences and aptitudes will contribute to your success in nursing school and to a career in nursing. The essay should include a discussion of any community service, leadership experience and health care experience that the applicant feels is appropriate.

  • A completed Community Service Experience Form documenting completion of 10 hours of volunteer (unpaid), health-related, community service. Examples of health-related community service include but are not limited to: volunteering at health fairs, with residents in assisted care facilities, with support groups or programs for children/adults with special needs, or as a volunteer in a hospital or community health organization.This experience must have been within one year of the application deadline and cannot be completed at current place of employment.

Step 3: Accept your offer and watch your email 

Admissions decisions will be made no later than March 31 and will be sent to the candidate's Wayne State email address. If there are any questions please reach out to the Office of Student Affairs at

Important dates for fall 2020

Aug. 2, 2019 Fall 2020 Wayne State University applications open
Nov. 15, 2019

Deadline: Upload personal essay and Community Service Experience Form to application status portal

March 31, 2020 Admission decisions made no later than this date